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Baku – the stunning oil capital

Baku was one of the reasons, we decided to take the risk and leave Willie behind in Georgia. We had been looking forward to visit this city for a while and did not want to miss it. We had not had any expectations on the capital of Azerbaijan. It was just a curious...
Chapter 13/Iran

Chapter 13/Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran, a place I had promised myself that I would go back to after my unsuccessful attempt in 2011. This time we entered from the Iran -Azerbaijan borders and the city of Astara. With the bureaucracy at its best, especially form the Iranian...
Chapter 12

Chapter 12

This is neither Europe nor Asia. Azerbaijan is a tangle of contradictions and contrasts, a centre of ancient empires and at the same time a “new” nation rapidly emerging on a petroleum-funded new economy. Let me start from the beginning though. Our feedback about the...
Chapter 11

Chapter 11

As soon as we managed to get our passports back and with our Azerbaijan visas finally secured, we headed south. Until the day we reached the Armenian borders, all I knew about the country was that it carries a lot of psychological baggage from a traumatic 20th century...
Azerbaijan, Land of Fire and Speed Cameras

Azerbaijan, Land of Fire and Speed Cameras

The Caspian Sea I arrived at the Azerbaijan border and passed through the Georgian side in 5 minutes. Then began the queuing for Azerbaijan. It wasn’t moving fast so I settled in for a wait. A friendly local chap introduced himself and we passed the time with him...
The 65.5%

The 65.5%

Although we are two months post-election and one year post the Occupy Wall Street movement, I’m assuming that a majority of those that read our blog are familiar with the percentages sweeping the United States these past few years: the 1% versus the 99%, the 47%...